Thursday, 10 July 2014

Survey results: 'What issue do you think we should push on?'

Following on from the petition hand in, Rhiannon ran the poll 'What should 'Save Our Cyclists' focus on now?' so supporters of the petition could have their say on the next steps. Over 800 people took the time to answer the survey.

There were 3 questions asked:

  • What issue do you think we should push on? 
  • What do you think is the most important thing we can do now?
  • Are there any other comments you'd like to make on the campaign?

This post looks at the responses to 'What issue do you think we should push on?', which was presented as a choice between the following statements.

  • Banning HGVs in central London
  • CCTV cameras and saftey provisions on HGVs
  • More funding for the Mayor's Cycling Vision
  • Training for HGV drivers
  • Training for cyclists
  • 20mph speed limits
  • Improvements to the CS2 infractructure
  • Segregated cycle lanes
  • The plan Gilligan sent us is not good enough - we need to push him for more details
  • Other (users could input their view)

The results were as follows, in order of number of votes:


  1. Segregated cycle lanes - 428 
  2. Banning HGVs in central London - 117 
  3. 20mph speed limits - 66 
  4. CCTV cameras and safety provisions on HGVs - 44
  5. The plan Gilligan sent us is not good enough - we need to push him for more details - 29
  6. Training for HGV drivers - 27 
  7. More funding for the Mayor's Cycling Vision - 25 
  8. Training for cyclists - 24
  9. Improvements to the CS2 infrastructure - 17

What does this tell us?


Firstly, I think it's important not to read too much from this part of the survey in isolation to the opinions given in the rest of the survey (& talking to cyclists elsewhere). For instance it would be easy to say 'Segregated lanes' was a clear winner, but that doesn't imply HGVs aren't also considered a big problem - respondents were only able to pick one item.

With that in mind we had a think about what message we should take from this part of the survey & the results do show a very strong preference for segregated lanes.

This is a bit subjective but reviewing the results further I felt the some of the choices were linked & therefore might have suffered from split voting. Therefore I tried linking choices under 5 categories as follows:


  • Segregated/protected lanes (Segregated cycle lanes OR Improvements to the CS2 infrastructure) - 445
  • HGVs (Banning HGVs in central London OR CCTV cameras and safety provisions on HGVs OR Training for HGV drivers) - 188
  • 20mph - 66
  • A better plan (The plan Gilligan sent us is not good enough - we need to push him for more details OR More funding for the Mayor's Cycling Vision) - 54
  • Training for cyclists - 24

Conclusion


After analysing the results the message I felt came through strongly was the preference for segregated lanes with over half of the votes. Clearly HGVs are also a major concern for a large number of cyclists, with a number of other issues also causing significant concern.